News! PEPS-C 2015 is now available. For a full description of the new edition, including changes from the previous editions, see 'PEPS-C 2015'
PEPS-C: a test of prosodic ability
What is Prosody? Prosody is a little-investigated aspect of speech, and has been described as ‘not what you say but the way you say it’. It covers aspects of speech such as intonation and tone of voice that are conveyed by variations in pitch/fundamental frequency, loudness/intensity, syllable-duration and speaking-rate, pauses/silence, stress and speech-rhythm. These can profoundly affect the meaning and impact of the spoken utterance.
Prosody can be disordered in various communication impairments such as autism, dysarthria (for example in individuals who have experienced a stroke) and hearing impairment. It is also often impaired in languages that are not native to the speaker. PEPS-C has been used in several studies of the speech and understanding of children with high-functioning autism/Asperger's syndrome. SeeProsody and autism spectrum conditionsfor references to studies on this topic.
PEPS-C PEPS-C (Profiling Elements of Prosody in Speech-Communication) is a test which examines receptive and expressive prosodic ability in adults and children, for research and clinical purposes (seePEPS-C research version: descriptionand PEPS-C clinical version: description). PEPS-C is available in English (several regional accents, including North American, Australian, southern British, Edinburgh Scottish, Hiberno-English) and other languages (French, Spanish, Dutch (Flemish) and Norwegian). PEPS-C 2015 is currently only available for UK General (southern British) accent and North American (US General and Canadian) accents, and these have no normative data as yet. It is intended that this test should provide a tool for a range of applications, notably: a) assessment of prosodic impairment in people with speech and language disorders, and b) assessment of foreign learners' competence in English prosody.